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2018 North American Car, Truck, And Utility Of The Year: And The Winners Are… 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, Detroit-Auto-Show, honda, Honda Accord, Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC60 on 01 15th, 2018


The ‘Oscars of the automotive industry’ have been handed over to the big winners at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

One of the vehicles that managed to stand out in the 2018 North American Car of the Year awards, turning out to be more popular than the other two finalists – Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry, is the new generation Honda Accord.

Unveiled last summer and launched a few months later, it has a more modern styling and higher-tech cabin with new technologies, including 4G LTE connectivity and wireless smartphone charger, and three powertrains, including a hybrid.

Receiving top honors from the jurors is the new Volvo XC60, which walked home with the 2018 Utility of the Year award.

The small luxury SUV faced the Honda Odyssey and Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the final, but it managed to impress the 60 jurors from the United States and Canada, who appreciated its “safety and driver assistance systems” in “a package that exudes Scandinavian design”, according to the NACTOY President, Mark Phelan.

Last, but definitely not least, the Lincoln Navigator has been named 2018 North American Truck of the Year, being favored over the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition.

This is the first time a Lincoln vehicle walks home with such an award, making the brand’s President, Kumar Galhotra, say that the team “is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors”.

The road to the 2019 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year will start this summer, when the nominees will be announced in each category.

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2018 North American Car, Truck, And Utility Of The Year: And The Winners Are… 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Car Of The Year, Detroit-Auto-Show, honda, Honda Accord, Lincoln, Lincoln Navigator, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC60 on 01 15th, 2018


The ‘Oscars of the automotive industry’ have been handed over to the big winners at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

One of the vehicles that managed to stand out in the 2018 North American Car of the Year awards, turning out to be more popular than the other two finalists – Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry, is the new generation Honda Accord.

Unveiled last summer and launched a few months later, it has a more modern styling and higher-tech cabin with new technologies, including 4G LTE connectivity and wireless smartphone charger, and three powertrains, including a hybrid.

Receiving top honors from the jurors is the new Volvo XC60, which walked home with the 2018 Utility of the Year award.

The small luxury SUV faced the Honda Odyssey and Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the final, but it managed to impress the 60 jurors from the United States and Canada, who appreciated its “safety and driver assistance systems” in “a package that exudes Scandinavian design”, according to the NACTOY President, Mark Phelan.

Last, but definitely not least, the Lincoln Navigator has been named 2018 North American Truck of the Year, being favored over the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Ford Expedition.

This is the first time a Lincoln vehicle walks home with such an award, making the brand’s President, Kumar Galhotra, say that the team “is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors”.

The road to the 2019 North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year will start this summer, when the nominees will be announced in each category.

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Happy New Year With Carscoops’ Most Popular Articles For 2017 1
Jan
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Carscoops News, Detroit-Auto-Show, Ford Focus, Geneva Motor Show, Honda Accord, LA Auto Show, New York auto show, Porsche-911, Volvo XC40 on 01 1st, 2018


By now, you will have welcomed 2018 no matter in which part of the world you may reside – and it goes without saying that we wish you all the best for the new year.

Now, the issue with writing articles such as this one is that, if you’ve been doing it for quite some time, at some point you run out of ideas. So you start ruminating about how you could greet your visitors without repeating the same thing over and over again.

At the same time, we are always paying attention to the statistics, so we can see what you like the most; and while, generally, we do have an idea if an article is going to prove popular or not, there always seem to be a number of unexpected ones that draw a surprisingly big number of readers. Now that 2017 is officially gone, we have the overall numbers about the past year’s Top 10 stories. So, without further ado, here’s the list, starting from number 10 and ending at the most read article of the past 365 days.

#10 BMW Stops Sales Of i3 And Issues Voluntary Recall Of All Models


A surprise, this one, for a number of reasons: first of all, it was published near the end of November, which didn’t give it much exposure time compared to other articles. Second, it doesn’t have to do with a battery fire issue or something like that, which we would expect of a full stop-sale issued by BMW for its electric hatchback, but a difference in a specific crash test scenario between the NHTSA’s results and the automaker’s own data. Guess BMWs are always popular and, even though EV sales haven’t skyrocketed, it was enough to arouse the public’s interest.

#9 Future Cars: 2019 Ford Focus ST Brings Back The Styling Magic


A photo rendering of what the next Focus might look like. Nothing to write home about, right? Well, wrong, actually, because the Blue Oval’s compact hatch is, obviously, very popular and, what’s more, our own Josh Byrnes, who is the one behind this almost realistic creation, has a knack for getting things right. No wonder, then that our guesstimate at how the 2019 Focus will look, and at the sporty ST trim at that, ended so high up on the list.

#8 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo Continues To Tick Away After 725k Miles


A sports car created four decades ago that a. didn’t sit in the garage but was driven on a daily basis, and b. is a Porsche 911 Turbo, cracking the 1 million km (621,000 mile) mark? Surely there’s a catch here somewhere. Or not; in fact, the owner went on and the 911’s odo currently reads 1,165,937 km (725,000 miles) – and not even getting hit by an SUV managed to stop him. We always knew the 911 was robust, but a 930 Turbo going so far is incredible!

#7 2017 New York Auto Show A-Z Debut Guide


Auto shows always attract lots of traffic, and this year’s New York event had a lot of premieres, from the first-ever Civic Type R to be introduced to the North American market by Honda, to the first SUV in the history in Alfa Romeo, the McLaren 720S or Volvo’s new XC60, to name but a few. And then there were some intriguing concepts, like that of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT saloon and the Genesis GV80 SUV, that really caught the audience’s attention.

#6 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Looks Just About Ready For Prime Time 


It’s not accidental that the name of the site is CarSCOOPS, as uncovering future models well before they are officially launched is one of our prime targets. Yet, of all the scoops that were published last year, it was the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen that, for some reason, attracted the most viewers – bar one, which you shall see shortly. Who would have thought that the successor to the long-in-the-tooth Merc 4×4 would prove so interesting…

#5 Your 2017 Geneva Motor Show A-To-Z Guide


Not all auto shows are equal, and when it comes this year’s Geneva event, there were more than 150 world and European premieres, which is more than the Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago motor shows combined. From an artillery of Porsches to the European-spec Kia Stinger or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, there were so many important cars present it made perfect sense for the Swiss show to be so popular.

#4 An Off-Road Porsche 918 Spyder Looks Better Than A Cayenne


Now that’s a surprise, if ever we saw one. Renderings do attract lots of readers, but something so unrealistic as a Porsche 918 Spyder turned into an off-roader is just a flight of fancy. Well, no one ever said that we should stick to what is, or about to become, real and not indulge in a little “what if”, did they? Still, a 918 Spyder that would happily tackle Dakar… perhaps it’s channeling the legendary 959, which did just that.

#3 Volvo Accidentally Reveals 2018 XC40 SUV!


The top-ranking of our 2017 scoops is Volvo’s new compact SUV. The XC40 will be the reborn Swedish automaker’s first foray in the popular segment, thus it’s only natural for people to be paying attention. Volvo Hungary’s staff apparently weren’t, though, so we had the chance to see it in production form, both inside and out, before its official launch.

#2 Future Cars: 2018 Honda Accord Goes From Placid to Playful


One man’s gain is another’s loss, and when it comes to the automotive world, the rise and rise of the SUV has been at the expense of the traditional mid-size family saloon. Even so, though, the Accord is a mainstay of Honda’s North American operations, so when we imagined how the next-gen would look, it attracted lots of readers, though we dare say that Josh’s rendering was pretty exciting in and of itself.

#1 2017 Detroit Auto Show’s A-Z Debut Guide 


Geneva and Stuttgart or Paris might have been the most important automotive shows in the past, but in recent years we’ve seen the Detroit one, aka NAIAS, overtake them not just in reader’s clicks, but in the models auto manufacturers choose to debut there. With the US alone being the second-largest car market in the world after China, it’s reasonable for them to do so, too.



Ford F-150 Continues To Dominate The Sales Chart But The Surprise Winner Is The Dodge Grand Caravan 29
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford, Ford Mustang, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4 on 12 29th, 2017


Mercedes is on track to become the best-selling luxury brand in the United States for the second year in a row but that’s not the only interesting sales competition as there are classic rivalries such as Camaro vs Mustang and F-150 vs Silverado.

USA Today compiled a list of the hottest segments and they found some pretty familiar winners. In the compact sedan category, the Civic is dominating the competition as Honda has sold 345,880 models through November which puts it far ahead of the second place Toyota Corolla and its 290,163 sales.

The mid-size sedan segment is the opposite as the Camry is outselling the Accord by nearly 43,000 units. Next year promises to be even more interesting as the redesigned Camry had an early head start against the all-new Accord.

The muscle car segment is always interesting and this year was surprising as Dodge Challenger sales dramatically increased thanks in part to the halo effect of the Challenger SRT Demon. This helped Dodge to move 60,029 Challengers which wasn’t far behind the 64,138 Camaros that Chevrolet was able to sell. Of course, the real winner is Ford which sold 74,152 Mustangs.

Talking about surprises, the minivan segment was won by the ancient Dodge Grand Caravan. Thanks to fleet and commercial sales, Dodge sold 118,573 Grand Caravans which put it ahead of the newer Chrysler Pacifica which came in second place with 107,130 sales through the first 11 months of the year.

The crossover segment is booming and the Toyota RAV4 was a huge hit with consumers as they bought 375,052 units so far this year. The Honda CR-V is close behind at 340,912 units but the remaining competition isn’t even close.

The mid-size pickup market has seen renewed interest thanks to entries such as the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma. However, the latter model is the winner as Toyota has sold 179,420 Tacomas so far.

Speaking of trucks, the Ford F-150 continues to dominate the competition as it’s outselling the Chevrolet Silverado by nearly 300,000 units. Even when you factor in the GMC Sierra, General Motors still trails Ford by almost 100,000 units.

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2018 NACTOY Finalists Announced, Can You Pick The Winners? 29
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Car Of The Year, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Expedition, Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey, Kia Stinger, LA Auto Show, Lincoln Navigator, NACTOY, Toyota Camry, Volvo XC60 on 11 29th, 2017


The 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) finalists have been announced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The shortlist includes three names in each category, which were chosen by a panel of nearly 60 automotive journalists, following some extensive testing. The jurors will now have to trim down the list furthermore by announcing the big winners, on January 15, at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

However, until they do, let’s take a look at the 2018 North American Car of the Year category, which sees the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 5-Series, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Rio, Lexus LC500, Porsche Panamera, and Subaru Impreza removed, as the only vehicles still present are the Honda Accord, Kia Stinger, and Toyota Camry.

The 2018 North American Utility of the Year award, on the other hand, will go to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Honda Odyssey, or Volvo XC60. These were favored over the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse, Jeep Compass, Kia Niro, Land Rover Discovery, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Crosstrek, Volkswagen Atlas, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Things don’t look different at all in the 2018 North American Truck of the Year category, as the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator are still very much present.

“The task of selecting these nine finalists – especially in the car and ultra-competitive category – was extremely difficult”, said the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer Lauren Fix. “And while there may be some favorites among the finalists, any of these vehicles could end up walking away with the trophy in their category, when we announce the winners in Detroit, in January.”

Last year, the Chevrolet Bolt was named North American Car of the Year, whereas the Truck of the Year and Utility of the Year awards went to the Honda Ridgeline, and Chrysler Pacifica, respectively.

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2018 NACTOY Finalists Announced, Can You Pick The Winners? 29
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Car Of The Year, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Expedition, Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey, Kia Stinger, LA Auto Show, Lincoln Navigator, NACTOY, Toyota Camry, Volvo XC60 on 11 29th, 2017


The 2018 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) finalists have been announced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The shortlist includes three names in each category, which were chosen by a panel of nearly 60 automotive journalists, following some extensive testing. The jurors will now have to trim down the list furthermore by announcing the big winners, on January 15, at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

However, until they do, let’s take a look at the 2018 North American Car of the Year category, which sees the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 5-Series, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Rio, Lexus LC500, Porsche Panamera, and Subaru Impreza removed, as the only vehicles still present are the Honda Accord, Kia Stinger, and Toyota Camry.

The 2018 North American Utility of the Year award, on the other hand, will go to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Honda Odyssey, or Volvo XC60. These were favored over the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse, Jeep Compass, Kia Niro, Land Rover Discovery, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Crosstrek, Volkswagen Atlas, and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Things don’t look different at all in the 2018 North American Truck of the Year category, as the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator are still very much present.

“The task of selecting these nine finalists – especially in the car and ultra-competitive category – was extremely difficult”, said the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer Lauren Fix. “And while there may be some favorites among the finalists, any of these vehicles could end up walking away with the trophy in their category, when we announce the winners in Detroit, in January.”

Last year, the Chevrolet Bolt was named North American Car of the Year, whereas the Truck of the Year and Utility of the Year awards went to the Honda Ridgeline, and Chrysler Pacifica, respectively.

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America’s 10 Best-Selling Sedans Of 2017 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford, Ford Fusion, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla on 11 11th, 2017


If you’re willing to ignore trucks and crossovers, which are casting really large shadows over saloons these days, the best selling cars in the U.S. this year are models that have four doors and are either brand new or have been updated.

Recently, Lexus went as far as to say that sedans will go away completely unless they evolve into something more dynamic, something that’s less about family vacations and more performance oriented.

“Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve,” said Toyota branding chief, Tokuo Fukuichi.

In spite of all that, the good old sedan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and models like the ones you’re about to see are still putting up a fight in the sales charts through October, 2017, as reported by The Motley Fool.

#10 – Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy launched their redesigned Malibu last year, boasting sleek styling, a roomy and well-put together interior and improved fuel economy figures. It’s also a very safe car, with available systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While it did really well at first, the Malibu has been on a decline this year, with sales being down 16.5% compared to how things stood last year. Still, the Malibu remains a good earner for General Motors.

#9 – Hyundai Elantra

Unlike previous iterations, the latest Elantra is a solid overall choice for people looking for a compact companion that offers great value for money. It’s roomy, rides well and has a lot of modern safety tech, like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Like with the Malibu, Elantra sales have also dipped in 2017, down 8.8% compared to last year.

#8 – Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevy Cruze has proved extremely popular since its complete redesign in 2016. It’s hard to find a review where somebody isn’t praising it for its efficiency, value and interior features.

We sampled the 2016 Cruze and found that it strikes a good balance between a Honda Civic and a Hyundai Elantra. Actually, the Cruze has been doing so well as of late, sales are up 3.4% this year through October.

#7 – Ford Fusion

The tech-savvy Ford Fusion is a good car and very few have claimed otherwise. This latest iteration even features a dynamic Sport version that boasts continuously controlled damping and a pothole detection system, to go with larger intakes, 19″ wheels, quad pipes, the works.

You can also get it as a hybrid, which is a huge plus nowadays. However, you might be shocked to learn that sales for the Fusion have gone down by 22.6% this year, and that’s a pretty big number.

#6 – Nissan Sentra

Nissan have been aggressive in making sure the Sentra is a success. Despite some reviews finding it somewhat cramped and noisy, the Japanese automaker is offering good discounts in order to move these cars.

Because of that, Sentra sales have gone up 0.2% through October 2017, making this 4-door compact one of the best-selling sedans in the US.

#5 – Nissan Altima

While the Altima comes in at a very respectable 5th place, sales this year are down 17.1% through October as Nissan are having a rough time talking people into buying this model over something else.

It’s still a spacious car with good fuel economy, but it does appear as though it may be losing the “popular vote” in the grand scheme of things.

#4 – Honda Accord

The mid-size saloon sub-segment has shrunk by 15% in the first nine months of 2017, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a car that’s as popular as the Honda Accord.

For 2018, the Accord is sportier than ever, featuring modern connectivity options, solid build quality and plenty of room inside for all passengers. It’s a true family car and people are still finding it to their liking. As for sales, they’re down 2.3% through October, but the new model should help fix that soon.

#3 – Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Corolla is of course one of the world’s best-selling cars and it almost seems like that’s always going to be the case. Yet, despite its top-notch reliability and competitive pricing, sales are down 9% this year.

It’s also not the best looking car in the world, which is something Toyota themselves admit is a problem.

#2 – Toyota Camry

Ah, the Camry. You didn’t actually think it wasn’t going to make the list did you?

With an all-new and critically acclaimed model already out, Toyota can finally start filling the hole dug by the previous-generation Camry, which didn’t register particularly strong sales (for a Camry) towards the end of its term.

By the way, the 2018 Camry is the first sedan launched by Toyota after Akio Toyoda himself stated that there will be “no more boring cars,” as far as his company is concerned. Calling this the best-looking Camry in history would not be an understatement.

#1 – Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic was a sales beast last year and it’s a beast this year as well, posting a 1.5% increase through October.

This is the best-selling car in the U.S. that’s not a pickup or a crossover, and figuring out why is pretty much a no-brainer. The Civic has always been immensely popular, and this latest iteration is roomier, more powerful and much better to look at.

Also, it may be too early to talk long-term value, but the Civic has always been affordable, dependable and relatively fun to drive compared to most of its direct rivals. It has pretty much everything going for it.



Man Shoots Genius Commercial To Sell His 1996 Honda Accord, Raises Over $100k 6
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in eBay, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Videos, Offbeat News, used cars, video on 11 6th, 2017


This used, 21-year old Honda Accord is a car “for people who have life figured out, and just need to get somewhere”.

The hilarious remark, along with the facts that “bug shield, rubber duckies, and tape converter are included”, but not the cat and coffee pot, are all part of the clever way a man living in the States is helping his girlfriend turned fiancée sell her 1996 Honda Accord.

In less than a week since it was posted online, the 1+ minute long video has gone viral, as it gathered in excess of 3 million views, at the time of writing. The footage could compete with a new car commercial, as it shows the vehicle being driven along California’s coastal roads, with even more clever remarks being made by the narrator.

In fact, the clip has proved to be so popular that it convinced tens of bidders to raise the price of the car from $499 to over $100,000, on eBay, in just a few days. Not bad for a 21-year old car with 2 owners and 141,095 miles (227,070km) on the clock that “drives like a dream”, huh?

However, due to an error, eBay cancelled the original auction, so the man was forced to start all over.

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Would You Ever Cross-Shop A Tesla Model 3 With A 2018 Honda Accord? 21
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, featured, honda, Honda Accord, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 10 21st, 2017


Let's say you had $30,000 or so for a mid-size family car and unlike many folks these days who have eyes only for SUVs, you wanted a sedan. Would your shopping list include Honda's new 2018 Accord (read our first drive here) and Tesla's Model 3?

Suffice to say, these two vehicles share nothing in common when it comes to powertrains, but some people seem to think they're surprisingly, though perhaps irrelevantly, similar in other aspects.
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Honda Hoping New Accord Will Take Bigger Bite Of Shrinking Segment 9
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in honda, Honda Accord, Reports on 10 9th, 2017


By adding 300 new jobs in Ohio and investing a further $267 million into the production of the 2018 Accord sedan, Honda is hoping to own a larger chunk of the shrinking mid-size sedan market.
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CR Takes A Quick Look At The 2018 Honda Accord 3
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 10 3rd, 2017


Building upon the legacy of its predecessors, which are known to be practical and reliable, and offer good value for money, the redesigned Honda Accord wants to be better in every way.
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Honda Prices The 2018 Accord From $23,570 [w/260 Pics] 2
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in EPA, Galleries, honda, Honda Accord, prices on 10 2nd, 2017


The Honda Accord consistently ranks among the top-selling new cars in America. So the introduction of an all-new model, while not necessarily the most exciting, is of vital importance – not only to its manufacturer, but to the North American market altogether.
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2018 Honda Accord Vs 2018 Toyota Camry: Let The Battle Begin 2
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in featured, honda, Honda Accord, reviews, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Visual Comparison on 10 2nd, 2017


When it comes to mid-size sedans, two names are normally at the top of everyone's list: Camry and Accord.
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First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Is A No Compromise Green Machine 2
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in featured, First Drive, honda, Honda Accord, Hybrids, reviews on 10 2nd, 2017


When Honda unveiled the 2018 Accord over the summer, the company didn't say much about the Accord Hybrid. That's changing today as we recently test drove an early pre-production model in New Hampshire.
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First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Is A No Compromise Green Machine 2
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in featured, First Drive, honda, Honda Accord, Hybrids, reviews on 10 2nd, 2017


When Honda unveiled the 2018 Accord over the summer, the company didn't say much about the Accord Hybrid. That's changing today as we recently test drove an early pre-production model in New Hampshire.
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